Board & Management

meet our management team

Board

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Anna Guillan AM

Chair

Business/Government

Anna Guillan is a respected and highly experienced Non-Executive Director.

Appointed as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, her extensive service includes current positions as Non-Executive Director of Destination NSW, Hammons Holdings, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and board member of Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation.  Past roles have included Chair of Western Sydney Parklands Trust; Deputy Chair of Tourism Australia; Non-Executive Director CareFlight, Non-Executive Director Tourism & Events Queensland and Deputy Chair of the Australian Tourism Export Council.

Anna has a strong strategic commercial background with demonstrated success across diverse sectors including Visitor Economy; Destination Planning; Aero-Medical; and Health Services across both state and federal government. She is also the Australian representative for Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts.

Anna is also Co-Founder of cancer charity, the NELUNE Foundation, and is a recipient of the Order of Australia, acknowledging her service to the Australian tourism industry and to the community through support for social welfare and health organisations.

Clive Cachia
Clive Cachia
Board Member
Professional Services (Legal)

Clive Cachia is a corporate transactional lawyer predominantly focused on major infrastructure, logistics, energy and resources projects. He also provides specific regulatory and commercial advice to multi-national and domestic clients in these and other heavily regulated industries including education and agribusiness. Clive also advises established and growing corporations on incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures, in-bound and out-bound investment arrangements, corporate governance, offtake and logistics agreements and other service and operational arrangements.

Dianne Tipping
Dianne Tipping
Board Member
Export Capability for Business

Dianne has had an extensive and varied career in international trade, including as an advocate and facilitator for Australian exporters.  She is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Export Council of Australia.  Dianne is also the Founder and Managing Director of Excon International, a global trade consulting firm, that assists firms with their full suite of exporting requirements, including with shipping and documentation, as well as capacity-building.

With over 40 years of experience, she is extremely well-connected and highly regarded among the global trading community.  She is a commercially astute leader with a proven track-record, especially in support of Australian businesses.  Her insights are often sought in the development of government policy and design of programs, such as on customs procedures, logistics and port management issues, and enhancing Australia’s global brand.

Dianne is involved with many public and private organisations dedicated to the growth and sustainability of international trade, including as Co-Chair of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Governance Board of the Implementation of the Agriculture Traceability Strategy, the Department of Home Affairs’ Customs Advisory Board, and National Committee on Trade Facilitation.

Jacqueline Brinkman
Jacqueline Brinkman GAICD
Board Member
Communications & Government

Jacqueline Brinkman is an economic development specialist and CEO of Economic Development Australia (EDA), the national peak body for economic development.

Jacqueline’s leadership of EDA commenced in 2017 and since that time, EDA’s membership has more than tripled and revenue has increased by over 370%. Jacqueline was responsible for the development and launch of the highly successful National Economic Development Education and Training Program in 2020. This program has proven to be a step change in career development for Australian Economic Development profession. Jacqueline is also leading a range of research and advocacy projects with the aim to raise awareness of the impact of the Australian economic development sector.

Through a career spanning 20+ years, Jacqueline is recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced industry cluster managers, and has facilitated industry development and investment across a range of sectors. Her advocacy and lobbying has resulted in legislative change at a Local, State and Federal Government level.

Jacqueline has held Chief Executive roles across a range of sectors in QLD and NSW, is an award-winning copy writer and an experienced company director having Board positions on a range of Government bodies and NFP organisations. Jacqueline is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Kylie Hargreaves
Kylie Hargreaves
Deputy Chair
Government/Business

Kylie is an experienced diplomat, policy maker, non executive director and private consultant with a track record for solving difficult challenges. Kylie is the Chair of Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP),  a Beachhead Advisor for the New Zealand Government and a member of the Expert Panel for the NSW Government’s Small Business Innovation & Research Program. Previously, she was also Chair of Australian Ocean Energy Group and has been an active board member of numerous economic development bodies for more than two decades.

Kylie was Australia’s Trade & Investment Commissioner for Austrade in the UK, USA and Spain and was Deputy Secretary for numerous portfolios in the NSW Government, including the highly regulated sectors of Resources and Energy.  Since leaving Government, Kylie has also established a successful private consultancy business, working to advance critical NSW infrastructure projects, including in the energy space. A NSW Finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, Kylie is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an Honours degree in International Business Relations.

Michael Johnson
Chris Hanger
Board Member
Regional Development

Chris joined the NSW Government in 2013 and has held executive roles in the Department of Industry, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and now the Department of Regional NSW. These roles have driven the design and implementation of more than $7 billion in flagship government investment packages to deliver New South Wales’ critical stimulus and infrastructure programs to support community recovery and resilience and foster economic growth across regional NSW. Chris has also led teams at the forefront of NSW Government responses to natural disaster (such as the Black Summer Bushfires and 2021 Storm and Flood clean-ups) and the front line of COVID response through delivery of NSW’s successful COVID Hotel Quarantine program.

With a focus on international trade, investment, and business development, Chris’s prior roles with the Commonwealth Government and private sector top-tier law firms complement his comprehensive Government experience. His experience in international relations, corporate governance and government policy and program design has aided the positioning of Regional Development and Programs as a central delivery agency for regional economic development and liveability strategies.

Chris and his team are passionate about designing and delivering programs that drive job creation, economic development, and improved local amenity whilst delivering benefits to the regional communities. Particularly passionate about youth, Aboriginal outcomes, and Diversity and Inclusion, Chris is the Chair of the Department of Regional NSW’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to representing the voice of regional communities in government decision making.

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Steve Lennon
Board Member
Economic Development, Digital Transformation

Steve is a senior strategy and technology advisor to Boards and C-Level executives, experienced audit & risk committee member and company director. He originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has served as managing director, Australia of the global creative agency Imagination; principal, management consulting with Arup, the design and engineering firm and in consulting leadership roles at several global IT services firms including DXC, SMS Management & Technology, Fujitsu, CGI and Cognizant.

In his executive role as Global Client Services Director at GHD Digital, Steve advises private and public sector clients in the energy, water, built environment and infrastructure sectors on the digital transformation of their assets, operations and business models so they can rapidly adapt to change and remain competitive.

As client and consultant, banker and borrower, investor and CEO, Steve has built, bought and sold several businesses, and been involved in several start-ups in the digital, construction and professional services sectors. He is an accomplished author and public speaker.

Steve is a Graduate Member of AICD, Non-Executive Board Member of Basketball NSW and a Member of the Business Dynamism & Competitiveness Advisory Committee for CEDA.

Steve Lennon
Alison Barnard
Board Member
Communication & Engagement

Alison is a communications and stakeholder engagement professional with more than 20 years’ experience across four continents and including sectors spanning state and federal government, energy, infrastructure, planning, urban renewal, aviation, defence, and international relations.

She is a passionate communication leader who is skilled in the development and implementation of strategic communications and engagement campaigns for private sector organisations and government agencies.

Alison understands the full spectrum of the communication and media cycle form her work in public affairs units and as a former award-winning TV news reporter and producer.

Alison is a Fellow who has previously served as board member and president of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

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Andrew Harvey FAICD
Board Member

Andrew is the CEO of Forsight Australia, a not for profit disability services provider in Sydney and the Illawarra. He is formerly CEO of Community Options Australia, CEO of the Western Health Alliance (which operates the Western NSW Primary Health Network), and CEO of the Darling Downs South West Queensland Medicare Local.

Andrew has held economic and community development management roles in Local Government in Australia and New Zealand, including as Chief Operating Officer (Economic and Community Development) with Ipswich City Council. He was Senior Private Secretary to the Rt. Hon. Sir Bill English MP, when he was New Zealand’s Minister of Health, Minister of Finance and Treasurer (1997-1999).

Andrew has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from New Zealand’s University of Canterbury (Lincoln College), is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has a Graduate Certificate in Management from the AIM Business School.

Andrew is a non-executive Director of Westhaven Ltd, a Western NSW Disability provider. He is Secretary of the Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise and is a mentor with Mentoring Men.

RDA Sydney board member, Fiona Rankin
Fiona Rankin
Board Member
Digital Transformation, Information and Technology

Fiona Rankin is an experienced and proficient digital transformation strategist and an accomplished change leader with extensive executive management experience. She is a digital specialist, has held multiple Chief Information Officer (CIO) roles, and worked in both the public and private sectors. She grew up in regional NSW and has a comprehensive understanding of the education, research, and financial services sectors.

Fiona is passionate about digital transformation and outcomes resulting from the strategic alignment between business, information, and technology, and understands the strength and competitive advantage created through collaborative cooperation.

In her role as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of TAFE NSW, Fiona is responsible for the development and delivery of key strategic initiatives, along with the operational and people management aspects of the core technology environment. As the NSW Government’s public provider of vocational training and higher education, TAFE NSW is the largest training provider in the Southern Hemisphere, training some 400,000 students each year, employing more than 15,000 people and has 156 campuses across the NSW State.

Fiona has also held CIO roles with the University of Wollongong (UOW), NSW Treasury Corporation and RESIMAC Limited. She is member of the Advisory Committee for the School of Computing & Information Technology (SCIT) at the UOW.  She joined the NSW Smart Sensors Advisory Board (NSSN) in June 2022. She was a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) from 2019 to 2022, and Chair of the Australian Access Federation (AAF) from 2014 to 2022.

Fiona is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). In addition, Fiona has completed Master of Business & Information Technology Management, Graduate Diploma in Financial Management, and Bachelor of Economics degrees.

Management

Therese O'Dwyer

Therese O'Dwyer

Director of Regional Development/Executive Officer
Julie McAlpin

Julie McAlpin

Project Manager
Julie McAlpin

Erin Press

Marketing & Communications Manager